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Al Tayer Motors, one of the UAE’s premier automobile dealerships and the official importer-dealer for Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles, unveiled one of the luxury automotive manufacturer’s most anticipated models to date – the Jaguar F-TYPE, in Dubai.
Jaguar’s F-TYPE is a continuation of a sporting bloodline that encompasses some of the most beautiful, thrilling and desirable cars ever built, representing a return to the company’s heartland with a two-seater, convertible sports car focused on performance, agility and driver involvement.
Speaking about the launch, Ashok Khanna, Chief Executive Officer, Al Tayer Motors, said: “Since its launch at the Paris Motorshow last September, the Jaguar F-TYPE has been eagerly awaited in the UAE and there has been tremendous enthusiasm among loyal Jaguar customers here. We are confident the Jaguar F-TYPE will take the leaping cat marque to greater heights.”
The car with a starting price of AED 289,000/- is available to book from Al Tayer Motors Jaguar showrooms.
Added Robin Colgan, Managing Director for Jaguar Land Rover MENA:“Jaguar has a rich sporting heritage stretching over 75 years, and the F-TYPE is the perfect embodiment of this. The F-TYPE isn’t designed to be like any other sports car, it’s a Jaguar sports car – ultra-precise, powerful, sensual and most of all, it feels alive. I am thrilled to be here today to launch the latest addition to the Jaguar family in the UAE.”
The F-TYPE provides the perfect showcase for Jaguar’s next generation of supercharged petrol engines, which combine extremely high specific outputs of both power and torque with great efficiency gains. A new 3.0-litre V6, developed from Jaguar’s highly acclaimed 5.0-litre V8, is available in either 340PS or 380PS variants, powering the F-TYPE and F-TYPE S respectively.
Both applications exhibit the same free-revving, willing nature that encourages the enthusiastic driver to explore the full extent of the engines’ abilities.
The V6 models are joined by a newly developed member of Jaguar’s V8 engine family. Producing 495PS and 625Nm of torque in the F-TYPE V8 S model, it has an astonishing torque-to-weight ratio of 375Nm/tonne, accelerates to 0-100km in 4.3 seconds and on to an electronically limited top speed of 300kmph while emitting 259g/km of CO2. The 380PS V6 F-TYPE S covers the 0-100km sprint in 4.9 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 275kmph, with CO2 emissions of 213g/km.
The 340PS V6 F-TYPE accelerates to 0-100km in 5.3 seconds and on to an electronically limited top speed of 260kmph, while emitting just 209g/km of CO2. All engines drive through an eight-speed ‘Quickshift’ transmission, a centrally mounted SportShift selector offering full manual sequential control, as do the steering wheel-mounted paddles.
All three variants of the F-TYPE offer progressively more powerful and reassuring braking systems, all with the sporting bite expected of a Jaguar and the high levels of pedal feedback required for accurate modulation. The F-TYPE V8 S uses the Super High Performance system with the largest set of brake discs fitted as standard to a Jaguar production car – 380mm front 376mm rear. All cars are fitted as standard with ABS, Electronic Brake Force Distribution and Emergency Brake Assist.
The engineering ethos underpinning the F-TYPE is centred on Jaguar’s industry-leading expertise in the use of aluminium. Featuring the most advanced iteration of Jaguar’s acclaimed rigid and lightweight aluminium architecture to date; the F-TYPE has ideally balanced weight distribution that allows its involving rear-wheel drive dynamics to be explored to the full. The engineering attention brought to bear on developing the aluminium underbody of the F-TYPE has ensured the best possible basis for offering the connected feel, agility and rewarding driving experience expected of a Jaguar sports car. Every response from the steering to the gear change, throttle, brakes and suspension has been finely honed to be as connected, accurate and involving as possible.
Using detailed Computer Aided Engineering programmes, gains of up to 30 per cent have been achieved in lateral stiffness in key areas such as the front suspension mounting points in the F-TYPE giving greater precision with which the suspension can be optimised for agility, connectivity and fidelity of response.
In order to maximise connected feel, the F-TYPE uses an alloy front subframe which reduces front end weighting, while a stiffer front knuckle, also in aluminium, provides the greatest accuracy in steering response and feedback. This has allowed the fitment of the quickest steering rack ever on a Jaguar offering an outstanding response while informing the driver of exactly what the front wheels are doing.
Visual appeal is fundamental to Jaguars and, as such, the F-TYPE is immediately recognisable. The company’s eye to the future is evident in the shape and structure of the F-TYPE, defined by two ‘heartlines’ forming the front and rear wings. The cabin architecture reflects its role as a ‘one plus one’ sports car, focused upon the driver and their interaction with the electronic and mechanical components. Sports seats featuring electric adjustment are the standard specification and optional Performance seats can be supplied.
The F-TYPE is available with audio systems from globally recognised British experts Meridian. These offer either 10 loudspeakers with outputs of 380W and 770W respectively. The Meridian systems benefit from the company’s huge experience in digital signal processing to create audio reproduction that is second to none.
Fitting with its intent as a focused sports car, the F-TYPE is equipped with a traditional fabric, rather than metal, convertible roof. This not only represents a significant weight saving but optimises packaging and helps maintain a low centre of gravity for greater agility. The hood itself can be fully raised or lowered in just 12 seconds at speeds of up to 50km/h. Its multi-layer construction includes a thick Thinsulate lining for optimal thermal and sound insulating properties.
The Jaguar F-TYPE is now available, along with the full 2013MY line-up including the XK, XF and XJ models, from Al Tayer Motors’s showrooms in Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah.